The streets of Toronto were transformed into NYC for another Netflix movie

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Toronto rarely plays itself on screen, the recent Pixar film Turning Red being a recent exception to the movie trend that has made the 416 a cheaper doppelganger of American cities like New York or Chicago thanks to generous tax cuts.

And anyone passing through the Berkeley and The Esplanade area this week got a taste of the Big Apple when scenes of a fake NYC neighborhood were spotted as part of a Netflix production.

The show in question is Sex/Life, an American drama now filming its second season here in Toronto, after the first season produced in nearby Mississauga.

For the most recent shoot, film crews took over the children’s playground in David Crombie Park and the nearby Canadian Stage Company building at 26 Berkeley Street.

The scenes were assembled with preparatory work starting on Wednesday morning, followed by shooting on Thursday afternoon and finishing on Friday evening. Berkeley Street is closed off from The Esplanade and Front the entire time to allow the shoot to go undisturbed.

Props were brought in for the shoot to transform the scenes into a compelling New York City stand-in, including a mock-up for a subway station entrance, NYPD cars, NYC cabs, an FDNY ambulance, and even smaller ones. details such as weathered newspaper boxes with American and New York publications.

It’s a bit of a journey to see these fake subway entrances – complete with convincing rust and graffiti – far from any underground transit in parts of the city that would dream of access to the subway. This is yet another reminder of how big NYC’s rapid transit system is.

Shooting for the second season of Sex/Life has been underway for two months, starting in early February and ending on May 6.

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